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Jonah Groeneboer
134 10th Ave., between 18th and 19th Streets , New York, NY 10011
January 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

A Look at Jonah Groeneboer
by Nicholas Weist

The Meaure, Jonah Groeneboer's first solo show, is a complex and strangely thrilling tour of the fourth dimension. His sculptures, made from different types of string, trace vertices representing the movements of shapes through space. For instance for 00:16:24;28 (Clouds, Birds, Jet), Groeneboer took 16 minutes of video footage of a sky across which moved birds, a plane, and clouds. He later watched the footage, stopping it every few seconds to note the position of the objects as they moved. The final sculpture was made with white string tautly strung between the floor and ceiling, with one piece of string marking the placement of each object at a particular moment in time. The result is a nebula of lines that itself changes as one's perspective shifts by moving around it.

His other two sculptures are less programmatic, exulting in the possibilities of these perspectival shifts. Both trace the outlines of what look like simple three dimensional shapes, all of which seem to collapse, expand, or otherwise transform as one walks through the gallery. Although even his title is derived from a problem in quantum physics, the hard science in the questions Groeneboer poses doesn't distract from the purely formal beauty and conceptual rigor in The Measure.

Nicholas Weist

Jonah Groeneboer, The Measure, January 10 - February 16, 2008; Bellwether Gallery, Unititled [Project Room], 2008,Courtesy the artist and Bellwether Gallery, New York.)

Posted by Nicholas Weist on 1/6/08

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